Book Review: The Bookshop of Second Chances

Jackie Fraser's The Bookshop of Second Chances is a meandering novel that explores what happens when one woman takes a leap of faith and changes her life, without really intending to. Thea is recently separated from her cheating spouse when she receives notice that she's inherited a house in Scotland. She sets out to sort [...]

Book Review: The House that Wasn’t There

Alder doesn't remember much about his dad, but his favorite photo was taken in front of the walnut tree in the yard between his house and his neighbor's house. He loves that tree. Oak doesn't want to move from San Fransisco to Los Angeles, yet here she is. When her mom decides to do construction [...]

Book Review: The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

This lyrical debut novel swept me off of my feet. It's the kind of book that you finish with a big sigh, your heart near to bursting from the sheer magnitude of it. April Wood does not fit in. Her scientist father doesn't seem to notice her all that much, she doesn't have any friends [...]

Book Review: Barbara O’Neal’s The Lost Girls of Devon

Barbara O'Neal's books always have 3 things in common: strong women discovering who they are and where they belong; the value of friendship; and a lovable pet who makes the tough things in life a little easier to bear. The Lost Girls of Devon includes these themes in the best of ways. While When We Believed [...]

Book Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman's writing first captured me with My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, and I've since read nearly all of his work and am equally enamored with each moving piece of fiction. His latest novel, Anxious People, is due out September 8, 2020 from Atria. Net Galley and Atria provided me with an advanced copy [...]

Of Mutts and Men Book Review

Way back in 2008, I was working at Barnes & Noble and found myself in the mystery section. Now, back in those old days I didn't really stray from my general fiction section. The mystery covers were often, quite frankly, terrifying. While we all say the adage don't judge a book by its cover, I often [...]

The Last Story of Mina Lee Book Review

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim is the tale of a mother and daughter and the distance that's always lived between them. When Margot surprises her mother with an unexpected visit, she instead discovers her mother's dead body. What happened to Mina Lee? And who was she before she became the woman [...]

Book Review: What You Wish For

Author Katherine Center grabbed my attention with Things You Save in a Fire. She has a knack for thoroughly developed characters, and her latest novel is no exception. Both the characters and the world they inhabit are impeccably crafted. Maybe too well, as it sent me virtually house hunting in Galveston! It may or may [...]

The Elephant’s Girl Book Review

The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington has swept me off of my feet. I read the full novel within twenty-four hours of reading the first word. It is magical and wonderful and quite definitely in the top five books I've read this year. Yes, technically it's target audience is middle grade, but I can guarantee you [...]